Samsung invests $1B in Texas chip plant | Western Digital continues quest for Toshiba memory chip unit | US officials block chip sales to China
June 27, 2017
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Samsung invests $1B in Texas chip plant
Samsung Electronics invested $1 billion in an Austin, Texas, facility as part of the company's plans to produce faster, more efficient chips. Samsung's three-year development plan includes 8-nanometer process technology in 2017, 7nm by next year and 4nm by 2020.
The Korea Herald (Seoul) (6/27) 
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ICs, Memory & More
Western Digital continues quest for Toshiba memory chip unit
Western Digital and KKR & Co. are continuing efforts to purchase Toshiba's flash memory chip unit by resubmitting their offer for the unit. Toshiba, however, is expected to sign a deal Wednesday with its preferred bidder, which includes a US-based private equity firm and a group led by the Japanese government.
Reuters (6/27) 
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US officials block chip sales to China
Sales of American semiconductor companies to China-based companies have stalled as US officials say they don't want US technology capabilities headed there. The US Treasury Department continues to block the $1.3 billion sale of Lattice Semiconductor to Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, which has funding ties to the Chinese government.
Bloomberg (6/26) 
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EU's General Court expected to decide Intel antitrust appeal next year
Marc van der Woude, vice president of the EU's General Court, expects the court to rule next year on Intel's appeal of the antitrust charges brought against it by the European Commission. The decision could have a major impact on other tech companies doing business in the EU.
Reuters (6/26) 
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Going Green
Officials say new LED mimics natural daylight
Seoul Semiconductor Co. and Toshiba Materials Co. are releasing SunLike, an LED that company officials say mimics natural daylight. The product is expected to be on the market next year.
EE Times (6/27) 
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Semiconductors in Action
Packet to offer Qualcomm processor
Bare-metal cloud platform provider Packet plans to offer Qualcomm's Centriq 2400 this year. The 48-core ARM server processor is in development.
Network World (6/26) 
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Testing & Standards
Panelists discuss waning influence of Moore's Law
The semiconductor industry is entering a period where it can no longer rely on Moore's Law to estimate gains in transistor density, said panelists at a recent event. "Moore's Law gave us a free ride, and that's just about over, so we are entering a wild, messy time, and it sounds like a lot of fun," Microsoft engineer Doug Burger said.
EE Times (6/26) 
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JEDEC welcomes new member companies to the Association
JEDEC is the global leader in developing standards for the microelectronics industry, bringing together thousands of member company volunteers in over 50 technical committees, subcommittees and task groups to meet the needs of every segment of the industry. JEDEC is pleased to extend a warm welcome to new member companies AP Memory Technology Corporation, Sarokal Test Systems and SilabTech. Interested in JEDEC membership for your company? Find out more and join today.
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